Bare Essentials: How to keep your cannabis fresh for longer

Bare Essentials: How to keep your cannabis fresh for longer

New to having cannabis in your humble abode? Whether you’re a solo-smoker or you’d like to have a bowl prepared for guests when they’re over – we want to help make sure you keep your flower fresh as long as possible. So, now that you’ve placed an order for your favorite strain and it’s en route to your home, let’s put some thought into how you’re going to preserve it once it arrives.

If your bud isn’t packed up nice and tight and left in the right place, your weed could become dry, stale, or even moldy. 

But don’t worry, we’ll go over how to avoid such terrible fate for your precious cargo. 

In this ‘Bare Essentials’ article, we’ll talk about the various elements that can harm your cannabis and give you storage tips on how to preserve your special delivery. This way, you’ll get to enjoy the same potency and taste from the first smoke until the very last. 

One of the most common questions we hear is whether cannabis can go bad or not. 

Unfortunately, yes. Since cannabis is a plant it can go bad if not properly stored. 

Let’s go over the three main elements that can cause this to happen.

  • Air
  • Light/Heat
  • Moisture 

First off, if your cannabis stash is exposed to too much air, it can lose its potency and aroma – the best part in our opinion. Leaving your buds on a table overnight or forgetting to close the container they came in is the most common malpractice. Rookie mistake (but we’ve been there too).  

Light exposure can damage your cannabis and its terpenes. The terpenes are molecules that give cannabis that unmistakable smell. They also play a part in the taste of your weed too. To keep the terpenes intact, avoid putting your cannabis near artificial and natural light. 

Heat is another factor to watch out for. Light creates heat, but so can electronic devices and cabinets next to your microwave or oven.   

We’re tempted to say, moisture can be the biggest problem. Us cannabis growers and cultivators spend lots of time and energy making sure mold won’t form during the plant’s time at our greenhouse. So, when your beautifully cured and trimmed buds get delivered, make sure you do the same! 

While we’re proud of all you plant-parents out there, unlike your growing succulent collection, keep your flower away from wet or moist areas of your home like the bathroom or near windows. 

To sum it up, any of these factors can potentially destroy the delicate nature of cannabis. We don’t want that to happen to you. Instead, read these tips about how to keep weed fresh for months.

How to keep your cannabis fresh

One of the best ways to make cannabis last longer is to store it inside a jar with an air-tight lid. Ideally, the jar will be made of non-porous material that’s also non-transparent, smell-proof, and durable.  

If the packaging your cannabis arrives in doesn’t meet these needs, a jar similar to this can likely be found in your Tupperware drawer, and will help maintain the flavours, aroma, and potency more effectively than anything else. 

If you want to take your storage container up a notch, shop for a dark-colored or opaque (non-transparent) glass. They’re even better than clear glass because they can stop UV light from entering the jar. In turn, you lower the risk of harmful exposure to light.   

How to store cannabis to conserve the aroma

We’ve talked about the specific elements to keep your cannabis away from and the type of jar to use, but now what? It’s time to think about where to store your weed in order to help conserve its aroma. 

As we mentioned earlier, avoid storing your cannabis in the bathroom or kitchen where moisture and heat can be a problem. Think about a cabinet, closet, or drawer in your home that doesn’t experience changes in temperature and that doesn’t have a light inside it.

As you begin to develop your own rituals around smoking cannabis, we know you’ll find the perfect nook that’s both accessible (but child-safe!) and essential for your flower’s safety. These suggestions can preserve the divine flavour and quality of the cannabis buds to keep them fresh, long-lasting and effective. 

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